The future’s bright for Coastal Centre in Mablethorpe

Committee members of the Boatshed Charity with members of the CCC, alongside the organisations and services which are based at the Coastal Centre in Mablethorpe. Photo: Trevor Bradford
Committee members of the Boatshed Charity with members of the CCC, alongside the organisations and services which are based at the Coastal Centre in Mablethorpe. Photo: Trevor Bradford

The Mablethorpe Coastal Centre threatened with closure has been given a much-needed lifeline.

Coastal Community Challenge (CCC) has provided a cash injection of £9,000 for this year.

The funding will keep the vital services the Coastal Centre provides up and running by sponsorship of hubs as well as helping to keep the premises at the heart of the community.

The Victoria Road Coastal Centre, run by the Boatshed Charity, was under a cloud of uncertainty last year, with its future running being questioned.

But now there are big plans to make it better than ever - this includes a privacy area, a café and improved community cohesion.

New chairman of the Boatshed Charity Adrian Benjamin explained: “I would like to thank John Gregory and Kim Parrinder at the CCC for making the future more secure at the Coastal Centre as well as all of the vital volunteers of the Coastal Centre and current committee members of the Boatshed Charity that will help to bring this community hub forward in the future.

“I must of course thank former chair of 12 years of the Boatshed Charity Tony Howard for all of his help and support in bringing the Coastal Centre to where it is now.

“It is a wonderful resource for the whole community and for many acts as an open house for advice and support when they need it most.

“We have some big plans for the Coastal Centre’s future to make sure it secures itself for a bright, on-going future.”

A number of local groups, services and organisations are based at the Coastal Centre, including Lincs CVS, the Mablethorpe and District British Legion, Coastal Community Challenge and many others. Many of these groups would have no where to interact and engage with the local community without the Coastal Centre.